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Top Tier Dog Training Club

Traction Dog Training Club provides custom tailored programs and ongoing training support. We don’t just fix behavior problems, we invite you to join a community committed to building exceptional dogs. 

Schedule a Free Consultation with a Trainer!

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long term success:
varsity membership

Lifelong training as part of a

community committed to great dogs.

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how it works

Homeschool: How it Works

2: select a program

We have four training programs to suit different pet parents’ needs. Our trainers will help you select a program based on how hands on you want to be, how much time you have to dedicate to training, and the complexity of your training goals.

All our programs are one on one and customized, so they can all be made to suit you and your dogs’ unique goals.

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3: train on varsity

Most dogs graduate to our Varsity after their training program. Varsity is our membership program that includes monthly refresher sessions, monthly extracurricular activities like Agility Play Days and Paw-ttery, and access to overnight boarding in your trainer’s home.

If you don’t want to start with a more intensive training program, you can even use Varsity right away as your training program!

1: free consultation with a trainer

Schedule a free phone consultation with a dog trainer. We'll help you create a custom training plan tailored to your family and lifestyle.

Our trainers are top in the industry, from Special Ops handlers to lion trainers and Ne Po Po® Gold grads. Whether it’s obedience, behavior, or sports, we’ll create the perfect program for your dog.

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$45 - 680 monthly

Varsity is our club membership program for ongoing training.


It includes private in-home training sessions, free extracurricular classes and workshops, and access to boarding in your trainer’s home so you can always maintain consistency.

Pricing is based on how many private training sessions you want each month.

jumpstart packages


5 week in-home program that begins with one in-person consultation, then consists of one 1:1 training session and one coaching session with the parent(s) each week for 4 weeks.

Best for:

People who want to be hands-on in achieving results and are interested in dog training as a topic.

Daily homework is required.



3 week in-home program with a 1:1 training session between dog and trainer each Monday through Thursday, and a coaching session with the parent(s) each Friday.

Best for:

People with multiple family members.

Dogs in obedience programs or with goals specific to their home, such as fence fighting.


Study abroad

2 week program during which your dog lives with their trainer, allowing total consistency throughout multiple daily training sessions.

Best for:

People who want a big-picture approach to their dog’s learning plan or live outside the service area.

Dogs in off leash/advanced programs or who need more socialization.


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Continued Education Programs
varsity membership benefits

Free Training Classes

Participate in free events like agility group classes, paw-ttery classes, and dog-friendly brewery socials where you can practice manners and have fun!

Help Local Rescue Dogs

Many rescue dogs struggle with behavior issues that make it difficult to find homes. With each Varsity membership, Traction donates the training these dogs need to stay in forever homes.

Boarding Access

Board your dog in a Traction Trainer's personal home to live the life of a trainer’s dog.  Keep training consistent even while you're away.

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Meet the Trainers

meet the team

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mara soo
lion, bear & elk trainer

  • Trained upper-level competitive sport horses across the US, working with trainers up to the Olympic level

  • Trained mountain lions, bears, elk, bald eagles, otters and owls professionally

  • Competes in APPDA and PSA (protection and patrol dogs)

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tina chavez
ne po po® gold school graudate

  • Trained directly by Bart Bellon, inventor of many modern dog training methods, as a Certified Electronic Collar Trainer for Martin Systems Technology

  • Certified AKC Canine Good Citizen, S.T.A.R., and Trick Dog Evaluator

  • Competes in APPDA, PSA, and American Schutzhund (protection and patrol dogs)


eric knierim
air force k-9 handler

  • Certified Air Force MWD Handler in obedience, patrol, and narcotics and explosives detection

  • Led the use of K-9 security dogs on 10 US Presidential Secret Service missions and for protection of the Air Force Chief of Staff and Chief of Space Operations

  • Held K-9 obedience training seminars for the US Secret Service, German Air Force, and US Navy


christie branch
primate behaviorist

  • Developed protocols for behavior and obedience training at dog training facilities across San Diego, coaching the facilities’ trainers and overseeing the most intense behavior cases

  • Trained and cared for over 1,000 neotropical primates, addressing complex behavior concerns

  • Holds Animal Sciences B.S. degree and AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator title


kayla liddington
paw-ffice manager

  • Oversaw a team of 70 trainers and veterinarians at a Syracuse, NY veterinary facility for 8 years

  • Led canine behaviorists and veterinarians in incorporating behavior management and training practices into veterinary handling protocols used for for over 15,000 vet visits per year

  • TDTC certified to conduct training consultations and behavior evaluations

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Schedule a Consult

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Can I enroll more than one dog in a training program?
    Yes, although in most situations the length of each training session as well as the price of each program increases by 50%. This allows ample time to be spent with each dog without doubling the price of the program. We offer a detailed consultation to determine the best approach for training your dogs together.
  • What training methods do you use?
    Our trainers are skilled in multiple science-backed training methodologies and apply any methods that will be safe and effective for your dog. Most training programs primarily rely on positive reinforcement training and will be supplemented with balanced dog training methods. View a detailed outline of our training methods here, and specific approaches to different goals from the menu of our website.
  • Do you offer payment plans?
    Yes. You will have the option to choose a payment plan through Affirm after signing up for a program. Affirm offers payment plans from 2 to 36 months long. Learn more about payment plans through Affirm here. Varsity members simply pay $95 or more per month for training with no upfront costs.
  • Could my dog be too young or too old for training?
    We find that old dogs are the easiest to teach new tricks! However, we recommend that puppies under 16 weeks of age train on Varsity and complete a more intensive training program when they’re over 16 weeks of age. This ensures you have a sound plan for potty training, crate training, socialization, and preventing bad habits from day one. Schedule a phone consult with a trainer to get started today.
  • Can I cancel Varsity at any time?
    Yes! You can pause or cancel your Varsity membership at any time.
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